GALVESTON — As many as 16 people were inside an elevator Wednesday morning at the prison hospital when it fell about 3 feet, a fire official said. No major injuries were reported.

The elevator’s braking system stopped the lift at the ground floor of the University of Texas Medical Branch tower at 301 University Blvd. in Galveston. The tower houses a hospital for inmates of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Firefighters responded to the incident at 8:14 a.m. Some of the 14 to 16 occupants were taken to the hospital for evaluation, Galveston assistant fire Chief Mike Wisko said.

Medical branch spokesman Raul Reyes reported no major injuries and said the elevator would be out of service until officials learned what caused the incident.


(2) comments

J. Shaffer

Sixteen people on an elevator? That's part of why I take the stairs.....

Lars Faltskog

Bet at least a couple of them didn't wear their deodorant.

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